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To help aid the disaster
recovery efforts in Japan, two new portals built on the Windows Azure platform have
just been released. These portals are both designed to provide relief workers and
the worldwide community with real-time access to the latest news, relief needs
and product donations following the country's recent devastating disasters.
As the nation's first food bank, Second Harvest Japan (2HJ) collects food that
would otherwise go to waste from food manufacturers, farmers, and individuals,
and distributes them to people across Japan who are in need, such as children
in orphanages, families in shelters, and the homeless. To provide the 2HJ community
of supporters worldwide and relief agencies on the ground access to the latest updates,
resources and information about recovery efforts from the recent earthquake and
tsunami, Microsoft and The Aidmatrix Foundation have launched the Second Harvest Japan Emergency Response Portal. From this site,
supporters can receive the latest situation reports, review the latest news, make financial donations or see relief supply needs and make product
more about the portal and the technology behind it here.
Bing Maps Technology Specialist Johannes
Kebeck worked with Microsoft Japan to deploy the Road-status
After the Earthquake website that shows current status of roads in Japan
following its recent natural disasters.
Delivered as a Bing Map and built on the Windows Azure platform in just
days, this website provides real-time searchable status of roads across Japan and
is accessible from multiple platforms and browsers, including most mobile
You can read more about how this
application was built in Johannes' blog post, "Dynamic
Tile-Layers with Windows Azure and SQL Azure".